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By David P. Gardner, Maureen Kawaoka, Vartan Gregorian

David Pierpont Gardner was once president of 1 of the world's such a lot distinct facilities of upper learning--the nine-campus college of California--from 1983 to 1992. during this remarkably candid and full of life memoir he offers an insider's account of what it was once like for a really deepest, reflective guy to dwell an exceptionally public existence as chief of 1 of the main complicated and arguable associations within the nation. incomes My measure is a portrait of unusual management and braveness and a chronicle of ways those characteristics formed a precious, and occasionally mystifying, American establishment. prior to his tenure as president, Gardner spent seven years on the college of California, Santa Barbara, in the course of a tumultuous period of tradition wars, ethnic department, and anti-Vietnam battle protests, leaving his submit as vice chancellor to function vp of the collage of California from 1971 to 1973. In 1973 he was once named president of the college of Utah, and whereas there he chaired the nationwide fee on Excellence in excessive schooling, which authored A country in danger, appeared at the present time because the 20th century's so much telling document at the situation of yankee public faculties. As president of the collage of California, he contended with severe controversies over affirmative motion, animal rights, AIDS examine, guns labs, divestment in South Africa, and lots more and plenty extra. This memoir recounts his reviews with those and different concerns and describes his dealings with the varied forged of characters who effect the collage: U.S. presidents, governors, legislators, regents, chancellors, school, employees, scholars, alumni, and donors. The epilogue of incomes My measure is a considerate and fascinating account of the 10 years considering the fact that Gardner's retirement that comes with his own perspectives approximately what has actually mattered in his lifestyles.

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Life was good. Libby supported me then as she did throughout thirty-two years of married life: always encouraging but never pushing, always supportive but never for her sake alone, always willing to do more than her share at home, looking after the girls and me as the family grew. She was my anchor and my source of love, encouragement, support, and motivation. We enjoyed the alumni association activities together and developed a pattern of common involvement and participation in the life of the university, as we also did in our church.

Not for you,” he answered. He then went on to explain that the nation’s intelligence services welcomed members of my faith because they were honest and dependable, did not drink, use drugs, or womanize, and thus were good security risks. I observed that while there were both notable and not infrequent exceptions to his generalization, if he wanted me I was ready, visions of long marches, ear-numbing cannons, and rumbling tanks fading from my future as I spoke. On the way back to my barracks, the Berkeley draft board’s hostility toward me because of my religion and the army’s enthusiasm for persons of my faith struck me as being quite odd, indeed astonishing, and in each in- 17 YOUTH AND LESSONS LEARNED stance quite wrong because I believed then, as I do now, that persons should be judged as individuals on their own merits and for their own lives and not because of any one or any combination of reasons based on their associations, ethnicity, or religion.

And the campus was six minutes away, also by car. The city was blessed with a theater for stage productions, a small but respected Museum of Art, a well regarded symphony orchestra, and cultural institutions, such as the Music Academy of the West and the Museum of Natural History. Together with adjoining Montecito, Santa Barbara had some of the most attractive homes and gardens that could be found anywhere, many with sweeping vistas of the coastline. The Channel Islands and Pacific Ocean were to the south and the Santa Ynez Mountains to the north, and all of this with an annual mean temperature of 72 degrees.

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